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Fear of going to the dentist is common for many individuals and many treat this fear by avoiding checkups or more advanced dental procedures. This can cause serious risk to oral health and well being. However, there is hope. Solutions can include blocking sensations of pain with sedation dentistry or with medications to help patients relax.
Anxiety increases the body’s fight or flight response which makes the body hypersensitive to sensations and experiences. If you feel this way when visiting your dentist, you could be a good candidate for sedation dentistry.
If you are interested in what sedation dentistry can offer you, it will require a medical consult to verify medical history and current medications. It will be important, on the day of your treatment, to have someone to drive you to and from the office due to the effects of the medication.
The Three Main Types of Sedation Dentistry Include…
Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a substance that is given by mouth to a patient, no needles are involved! This can be through pill form or a tablet that dissolves under the tongue.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation: Most patients have experienced Nitrous Oxide during more advanced dental procedures but it can also be used to relieve anxiety during routine dental work. It is administered through a small mask over the nose and is relatively quick to wear off, leaving no long lasting side effects.
IV Conscious Sedation: This is one of the strongest ways to administer sedation and medications with amnesic effects. Although IV Conscious Sedation is one of the quickest methods, it does carry some higher risks.
At Martin Dental, we offer oral sedation and inhalation conscious sedation. We do not offer IV conscious sedation.
Dr. Martin has extensive experience creating the best sedation plan for patients and will make sure you are comfortable with a plan to fit your needs.